'Return of the King' had highest body count in film history
Thursday 11 Jan 2007 7:00 p.m.
Director Peter Jackson killed off 836 characters in the third part of the Lord Of The Rings saga, made in 2003, which featured one of the biggest battles seen on film, according to the website moviebodycounts.com.
Jackson also scored a quinella on the cinema slaughter list by killing off 468 characters in the second part of the LOTR trilogy, The Two Towers, in 2002.
The website counted only the corpses whose faces could be seen.
A 1992 Hong Kong action movie, Hard Boiled, directed by John Woo, placed third with 307 corpses: its Chinese title was God of Guns and it featured a 30 minute shoot-out in a hospital.
Stephen Spielberg's 1998 World War 2 movie Saving Private Ryan - noted for its graphic battlefield violence - only took sixth place with 208 corpses.
Another 2003 film noted for its violence, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol 1 was 30th, with 95 corpses.